11/30/18

The Secret to Affording Snazzy Clothes


With the holidays right around the corner and those catchy commercials in full swing, my shopping list just seems to be growing! But my bank account is totally disagreeing. The good news is, when it comes to affording luxury dresses and designer shoes, we don’t have to be rich. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yo’self – but it doesn’t require breaking the bank.




Save up, don’t borrow
Expensive clothing isn’t worth taking out a loan for (or even using a credit card – though, it’s totally tempting). It’s so fun to wear new things, but if they’ve put you in debt, you may regret the decision to buy them, which takes all of the fun out of wearing them. Instead, set a goal and make a plan to put aside a few dollars to save up for the luxuries you have your eye on. It helps to shop around to find the best bank for a savings account - the higher the interest rates, the quicker you’ll be able to afford that dream dress or that perfect pair of shoes. You can also try selling items in your wardrobe to save up the money.

Shop out of season
Without a doubt, my favorite place to shop is the clearance racks. You can often get discounts on designer clothing by shopping out of season. Winter coats tend to be cheaper in the summer and those fancy branded sunglasses and expensive swimwear are cheaper right after the cruise ships have set sail. Retailers may not always sell these items in stores, but you may be able to find them online. There are even sites that specialize in selling outof season clothing at discount prices.

Use luxury clothing hire companies
If you’re the type of person that only dresses up on the odd occasion, like me, owning luxury clothing could be a sad waste of money hanging unused in your closet. Instead, you could be better off hiring clothing. Luxurydress hire companies charge a tenth of the sale value, allowing you the experience of wearing a $500 dress for $50. Such clothes are professionally cleaned and pressed after every use so that they look brand new. Just make sure you return these items in time, otherwise you could face a hefty late charge. Some of these companies even allow you to buy items if you don’t want to return them, but often you’ll pay much more than were you to buy these items elsewhere (in other words, use rental companies for renting only!).

Never underestimate the power of thrifting
Thrifting is by far my favorite way to score “new-to-me” finds at a fraction of the price. Not only do I find unique pieces, but sometimes I score fancy items that are in great condition. You can also find great deals on used luxury clothing online through the likes of eBay and Amazon. The only caution I have for shopping for these finds online is that you can’t judge the condition as easily as you can in person. If you are going to buy an item online, make sure the seller is trusted and ensure that they’ve provided good quality images and a description of the condition. (You can always message them for more information if they haven’t supplied enough information.) Sites like Gumtree are worth trying as you can pick up items in person allowing you to inspect the condition in person. 

No matter which avenue you pursue, there are so many ways to check off your shopping list without breaking the bank!

11/26/18

How I learned to stop worrying and love myself

I’ve talked about it on the blog before, but striving for perfection is an issue that affects so many of us. In our society, and in the world, there is an image problem. It can feel like we are stuck on a treadmill that will never let us off, chasing an idea that we can only hope to aspire to. Sometimes, it feels like we are chasing an unrealistic standard of beauty and happiness. Flipping through a magazine, it’s so easy to remind ourselves that the photos we see are airbrushed and Photoshop enhanced to contribute to a more aesthetically pleasing fantasy. But underneath it all, in some subconscious level, I know that I’ve struggled to tow a line that I know I can never quite measure up to. In this search for perfection, it’s so easy to find ourselves spending a fortune on expensive treatments, wasting wasting precious moments of our lives scrutinizing ourselves in the mirror and allowing the negativity of others to warp and distort our self image.
 
For me, the first step towards contentment and living authentically was learning to stop my worrying. This year, I’ve been working on not chasing images of an unattainable perfection and loving the gifts that God has given me

Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten just how beautiful we are. If you need a little reminding, you ARE beautiful. If you need a little inspiration, here are some ways we can remind ourselves:

Accentuate the positive

Take a look in the mirror. Take a long look and try to be as objective as possible. What parts about yourself do you love? We can be our harshest critics. If you have trouble making your list, ask a friend - They’ll be able to list dozens of things that make you wonderful!  Write these things down as your first step towards a renewed sense of self-belief. 

Accentuate the parts of you that you love through your personal style. Because when you feel confident, the rest of the world feels it too. If you need some inspiration, sometimes it helps to indulge in something just for you. Treat yourself to a new necklace from adinasjewels.com, invest in a new makeup palette that will let those beautiful eyes sparkle, treat yourself to a new dress that flatters your curves. Whatever you decide, embracing those parts of you that you love is an important first step towards creating the self-image you deserve.

Surround yourself with positive people

It can be hard. The world can be bleak. And there will be people who will drag us down and try to make us feel bad about ourselves. Limit your exposure to those people! Surround yourself with positive people as often as you can. The people who’ll notice that you’ve done something new with your hair, the people who’ll compliment you when you’re feeling down, the people who’ll help you to see yourself as they see you. Positivity breeds positivity just as negativity feeds on negativity. When you surround yourself with positive people your outlook and even your attitude towards yourself can only improve.

Live a healthy life

Notions of beauty are transient. They change depending on the period in time and the culture we inhabit (how else do you explain the popularity of the mullet?). But one thing that’s universal is that we all find beauty in health and vibrancy. Instead of chasing the images of airbrushed perfection we see in fashion magazines we should all focus our efforts on being the healthiest, happiest versions of ourselves that we can be. Eschew toxins, eat more veggies, find joy in exercise, get plenty of sleep and be kind to your body. You’ll find that as you get healthier, you’ll feel happier. 

For me, all of these things have been and continue to be a journey. But as we learn to embrace positivity and live authentically, happiness is sure to follow. And when we are feeling happy and confident, we learn to love our bodies.